Christmas and Epiphany have been and gone, and all the decorations have been packed into their boxes and banished back to the cupboard under the stairs...
One of the pleasures of a quiet January is to do lots of reading.
I enjoyed this book very much:
Do you remember the rescue of the 12 Thai soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand?
Experienced cave divers, Australians Dr Richard Harris, an anaesthetist and Dr Craig Challen, a retired vet, agreed to anaesthetise the boys to enable them to be swum out by British divers, one by one. Miraculously, all survived.
The two doctors were declared Australians of the Year for 2019.
Somewhere in our basement store-room, I still have my old copy of Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. This was a firm favourite throughout my childhood.
Today I saw the latest (seventh) film version starring Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watkins among a star-studded cast.
I loved it!
Apparently it divides the masses, and might not appeal to those who have never loved the books. But I hope it wins lots of awards...
Yes, Awards season has arrived. We will take a look at the Golden Globes Red Carpet, beginning with Laura Dern, because she was lovable and gorgeous as Marmee in Little Women..
Renee, fabulous in blue. Loved her star turn as Judy Garland..
She should win an Oscar for that one.
Black and White, always good..
Our Nicole, splendid in red..
Always pick a pink gown...
and our Cate Blanchett. This one confuses me, but wins an award for bravery and Yellow.
Thank you all for your kind comments and thoughts on my last post.
The on-going bush fires in Australia are shocking and frightening.
The Government has swung into action, bringing in the Army and Navy to help with evacuations and fire fighting.
Slightly cooler temperatures the last two days are helping to bring some relief in Victoria and New South Wales.
And while it is unpleasantly hot and humid here in Brisbane, we are not having those extreme temperatures which cause the massive fire eruptions.
It will take years for the townships and land to be restored, but people are raising funds and coming up with innovative ideas to help those in need.
Reliable statistics are hard to come by, as things change daily. A small number of people have tragically lost their lives, and well over a thousand homes have been lost, as well as businesses, wildlife and livestock.
We are grateful for all the help and kindness shown by the International community. It is so heart-warming in Australia's time of need.